Understanding how clear aligners work is the first thing someone needs to do when considering this popular teeth straightening option. Because there are a few different straightening options to choose from due to updated dental technologies, those who are need of straightening services have a few choices. Clear aligners are one of the popular options…
Why Invisalign May be Best for Your Teen
Invisalign® has changed how willing teenagers –– and everyone else –– are to start teeth straightening treatments. It provides an alternative to traditional metal braces that is virtually impossible to detect. Invisalign® treatments work the same way conventional braces work, the aligner trays exert a force on the patient's teeth pushing their teeth into better alignment over a period of time.
Patients wear each tray for a period of two weeks, then it is replaced with another that pushes the person's teeth closer to their proper alignment. The process is repeated for the entirety of the patient's treatment.
Figuring out if Invisalign® is right for your teen
Here are some of the reasons why Invisalign® might be the right teeth-straightening solution for your teen:
1. Removable aligner trays
One of the benefits that come with Invisalign® treatment is the fact the aligner trays used are removable. This is a sharp contrast to traditional metal braces which are permanently fixed in place once installed.
This little feature makes treatment with clear braces a lot more pleasant. For example, patients can easily remove their aligner trays for meals. This allows them to continue to enjoy their favorite foods during their treatment. Those who get braces are forced to avoid many foods like corn and apples since these can get stuck under the brackets and wires. Removing them is no simple matter, as the brackets and wires also hinder oral hygiene.
2. Discreet treatment
Being a teenager is a challenging time for most people when it comes to their self-image, and adding metal braces that look like railway tracks only makes that worse. Invisalign® aligners are virtually invisible when being worn, so it does not affect the wearer's self-esteem.
This allows the teen to be confident during their treatment as their teeth begin to straighten.
3. Saves time
Clear aligners do not come with all the wires, brackets and rubber bands that come with conventional braces, so the potential of having to fix an aligner tray is significantly reduced. Those who go with metal braces will have to see a dentist often for adjustments and fixes.
4. Specialty trays available
There are Invisalign® Teen aligner trays that are made specifically for teenagers. These come with indicators that allow parents to keep tabs on if their child is wearing the device as recommended by the dentist. These specialty trays are designed to be comfortable and to provide effective treatments for a variety of orthodontic issues like crooked teeth.
5. Easy to use
There is not much to getting teeth straightened with Invisalign®. The patient simply needs to wear the aligner trays for 20-22 hours each day to get the most out of their treatment. Patients are also less likely to deal with discomfort while wearing clear aligners compared to conventional braces.
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Stop by our clinic to learn more about how Invisalign® aligner trays can discreetly straighten your teen's teeth. It is a solution that is equally effective when treating adults.
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